150,000-199,999 SparkPoints
MARIASPARKLE's Recent Blog Entries

Day 29 - four weeks off the cigs

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Good for me!
I'm going to venture out to the pub on Sat night, this will be the test. It's my friend's birthday so I HAVE to go. I know there will be a good few drinks involved too. I'm certain I'll be able to resist the cigs but I HOPE TO GOD I won't be too traumatized! I'm kinda dreading it really.....

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JAIMEKRISTAL 3/6/2008 11:47AM

    you're doing great! you have resisted for an entire month you can keep it up no matter what, i know you can. think of how much your lungs thank you and how much better you can breathe! btw check out the song by frenzal rhomb "i miss my lung" :0P

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARIASPARKLE 3/5/2008 10:51AM

    Thanks everyone, I'll stay strong. The problem is...all my friends smoke and, when they go out for a ciggie, I'll be left minding drinks, seats, handbags.... boring!! I'll have to enlist the help of a few non-smoking buddies!

Comment edited on: 3/5/2008 10:49:57 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEESAMERRI 3/5/2008 10:41AM

    My honey & I quit the cigs a couple of months ago. Amazingly, we realized that we were enjoying our beer WITH the cigs and not having the cigs WITH the beer. Make sense? Anyway, In about two months my desire for any beer or wine has left; along with the cravings to smoke! Good luck to you! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BANAPPLE 3/5/2008 9:47AM

    You are doing great! Stay strong and remember why you quit smoking.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERI13 3/5/2008 9:31AM

    Stay strong Maria, you are doing fantastic!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Day 14 - Two weeks off the cigs

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Today's update... I'm not feeling too bad this week, after a horrendous weekend of cravings. That's 174 cigs not smoked and I've saved myself at least 65 (I don't know what I spent it on, but it's not jangling around in my pocket!). It's enough motivation to keep me off them. I got a lovely text from my BF yesterday "Did I tell you that you're the best. And that I'm very proud of ya for being able to stay off the fags." Shucks. That makes it all worthwhile!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ZENKITTY54 2/22/2008 4:13AM

    Whooo Hooo! Great going! And, like you, I don't where the extra $200 a month I'm saving is! Oh, that's right...I substituted cigs for 2 extra cats and a shoe habit...rofl.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOWEDELITEFUL 2/20/2008 12:45PM

    Congrats on giving up the smokes!! I gave them up years ago - have never regretted it. Each day will get easier. You're doing great!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERI13 2/19/2008 11:14AM

    You are doing fantastic!!!!! I can't believe we will be quit 2 weeks tomorrow!! Woo-Hoo!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

2nd Weekend off the cigs - torture

Monday, February 18, 2008

I don't know what happened, but I was very close to ditching my quit smoking decision on Sat and Sunday. I was unbelievably unmotivated, felt tired and emotional (not PMT), I was starving all the time and felt totally deprived. I wanted nothing more than to run across the road to the shop for a pack. Thankfully I didn't and I'm back on track today (Monday), but I never, ever, ever want to go through a weekend like that. It was hell. I think it's because I was left on my own too long - all day Sat and all day Sun. My darling BF texted me today to say how proud he was of me, that's put me back on track. That, and all the encouragement I've got on SparkPeople!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHANGES13 3/19/2008 1:46PM

    i hear ya - i can relate. the thing with the cigs were they were calorie free and kept my mind off food- im a lil nervous, im only 6 days into my quit! i just started on the diet bandwagon too- im getting less and less cravings- hang in there, you have come SO far!!!!!!
maria :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOLLIEMAC 2/19/2008 8:59AM

    Keep focusing on that great list of 53 reasons why you should diet and exercise to get healthy- then check out my smoking gun blog and Cheri's blogs. You can do it!...MJ

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZENKITTY54 2/19/2008 3:56AM forgot the most important thing...find something to do with your hands! GREAT JOB on not giving in! Really proud of you!

Donna :D

Report Inappropriate Comment

Reasons to exercise

Monday, February 18, 2008

1. To increase endurance (walking up that hill after work)
2. To boost my immune system and make me less susceptible to disease (no more horrible coughs & colds) 3. To strengthen my lungs, heart muscles and to lower my risk of heart disease (no more palpitations)
4. To improve my complexion (windswept instead of winded)
5. To reduce tension and help me to handle stress better (I can think things out while walking)
6. To help me lose weight and keep it off (belly fat, need I say more?)
7. To help prevent constipation (an added benefit)
8. To lift my spirits (NEEDED!!)
9. To improve my sleep (NEEDED!!)
10. To clear my mind, step up the blood flow to my brain and make me more alert (NEEDED!!)
11. To prevent depression (an added benefit)
12. To elevate beta endorphin levels in blood (an added benefit)
13. To make my nervous system function better (an added benefit)
14. To increase my self-esteem (an added benefit)
15. To ease the heart's workload by causing my muscles to use O2 more efficiently (an added benefit)
16. To relieve menopausal symptoms. High-intensity exercise significantly reduces negative changes (an added benefit)
17. To relieve tension headaches (an added benefit)
18. To ease back problems by strengthening my stomach and lower back muscles (no more pains & aches) 19. To reduce neck and shoulder pain (no more pains & aches)
20. To purify the blood (an added benefit)
21. To aid my digestive system (an added benefit)
22. To retard premature aging (priceless)
23. To increase flexibility (NEEDED!)
24. To ease menstrual cramps (an added benefit)
25. To reduce varicose veins (an added benefit)
26. To relieve arthritis (an added benefit)
27. To reduce addictive cravings (NEEDED!)
28. To decrease LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol (an added benefit)
29. To relieve hypertension (NEEED!)
30. To balance metabolism (an added benefit)
31. To help lose inches (NEEDED!)
32. To improve my posture and general appearance (NEEDED!)
33. To eliminate chronic fatigue (an added benefit)
34. To give me strength (an added benefit)
35. To reshape my body to fit more attractively into my clothes (NEEDED!)
36. To improve circulation (NEEDED!)
37. To stimulate the processes of absorption and elimination (an added benefit)
38. To makeme more cheerful (NEEDED!)
39. To cause my bone marrow to increase production of red and white blood cells and increase blood volume (an added benefit)
40. To help me regulate an out-of-control appetite (NEEDED!)
41. To create collateral circulation (an added benefit)
42. To prevent and control Type 2 diabetes - exercise promotes healthy blood sugar levels to prevent or control diabetes (my mum is diabetic)
43. To prevent neoplastic (cancer) diseases - evidence exists that physical activity may be associated with a lower risk of several common forms of cancer, most notably colon and breast cancer
44. To reduce my risk of stroke. Exercise and physical activity may reduce stroke risk. Research data indicates that moderate and high levels of physical activity may reduce risk of total, ischemic, and hemorrhagic strokes
45. To reduce my risk of osteoporosis. An active lifestyle benefits bone density. Regular weight-bearing exercise promotes bone formation, delays bone loss and may protect against osteoporosis. Exercise may prevent falls and broken bones by improving muscle strength, gait, balance, and reaction time.
46. To improve my sex life! Regular exercise maintains or improves sex life. Physical improvements in muscle strength and tone, endurance, body composition and cardiovascular function can all enhance sexual functioning in both men and women.
47. To reduce my risk of Alzheimers
48. Walking is FREE and can be done at any age
49. To reduce build-up of gallstones. Active women are 30 percent less likely to have gallstone surgery than sedentary women
50. To decrease eyesight loss from Glaucoma - exercise lowers eye pressure
51. It's time for myself
52. To improve my concentration
53. To maintain my resting metabolic rate to prevent weight gain

And remember - death is fatal

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


  Thank you, Maria, for a great list of the benefits of exercise. I'll print it and read it every time I don't feel like exercising.

I've sent you today a Spark Mail.

Have a great day


Report Inappropriate Comment

Smoking & Cancer (from Irish Cancer Society website)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Smoking Related Cancers

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in Ireland. Approximately 1,500 people develop lung cancer each year.
Lung cancer in women is increasing every year because of smoking.
Smoking causes 95% of lung cancers.
Non-smokers who breathe in other peoples tobacco smoke (passive smoke) have an increased risk of lung cancer.

Cigarette smoking is a major cause of cancers of the oral cavity (tongue, lips, gums) oesophagus and larynx.

There is a link between cigarette smoking and stomach cancer.

Cigarette smoking is at least a contributory and maybe a causal factor in the development of cancer of the pancreas and of the kidney.

Smoking increases the risk of developing this type of cancer.

Women who smoke have a greater risk of developing cancer of the cervix.

Smoking has been identified as a principal risk factor for cancer of the bladder.

Recent studies show that cigarette smoking can lead to colon cancer.

Smokers have an increased risk of developing myeloid leukaemia.


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Last Page